Sire: ANTONIUS PIUS (USA)
Dam: ELEGANT (IRE)
Dam Sire: MARJU (IRE)
Currently in foal: no
Foal at foot: no
The South African-based mare Kilcross, in-foal to Canford Cliffs, is offered for sale. A proven winner-producer from an excellent family, she represents an exciting investment opportunity for UK and Irish owners and breeders.
An unraced daughter of Antonius Pius, Kilcross is the dam of two winners from two runners, whilst her third foal, Military Cross, is retained and in training in Cape Town.
Kilcross also has a 2020 colt by Erupt (French and North American Grp-1 winning son of Dubawi) and is in foal to the Richard Hannon trained superstar miler Canford Cliffs, who stands at Ridgemont Highlands.
Canford Cliffs has been strongly supported since his move to South Africa from Europe, where he stood six seasons at Coolmore Stud. He produced a plethora of high-class performers during the first phase of his career, such as the multiple Grp-1 placed Salouen, the Oaks third Harlequeen and the Grp-2 winners Cliff's Edge and Painted Cliffs.
Kilcross is a member of the extraordinary Balidaress family of Park Appeal, Cape Cross, Iffraaj, Alydaress, Diktat, whilst closer up she is half-sister to five winners, including the US Grade-3 placed Eloquently. The top line of her pedigree features Danzig and the unbeaten Grp-1 winning mare Catchascatchcan, whilst her extraordinary tail line also includes the leading broodmare sire influence Marju.
Why it makes sense to race and breed in Cape Town
With monthly basic keep costs in the region of £250-£300, it is not surprising that a significant proportion of owners and breeders in Cape Town are British and Irish based.
Racing and breeding in Cape Town involves good horse production and stunning locations. Whether in the brilliant spots in and around the city or at coastal, winelands and mountain locations (including most stud farms), the food and wine opportunities are plentiful.
British and Irish breeders tend to race or sell in SA. Export is limited by distance, cost and restrictions, but lengthy negotiation with EU, UK, Australia and others heralds a new era which will allow greater international trade. Hong Kong has always bought SA yearlings and horses in training, while the best are always able to go overseas if warranted.
Breeding to race speaks for itself with an array of good stallions at modest fees. Commercially, a crossroads has just been passed. Unsatisfactory financial management has been replaced by complete refinancing of racing and breeding by horse friendly SA institutions, along with further developments in international trade agreements. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is investing funds in support of export drives, and UK's Betfred has bought the largest chain of SA betting shops.
Whilst the current sales are depressed - other than for the progeny of a few sires - the scene is set for a return to vibrancy. Meanwhile, even covid-limited prizemoney pays for much more training time than elsewhere, with higher turnovers now on the cards.
Buyers can either take advantage of management/coordination from AllanBloodlines www.allanbloodlines.com or plough their own furrow with initial advice, suggestions and introductions.
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